hey how does the Church look at the 2 commandment and please i know its not wrong having an image but can you tell how it not wrong and also when is it idol worship of a image?
Sins against the 2nd commandment include: misusing the name of Jesus; God the Father, and Holy Spirit; blasphemy; or lying under oath. This could include using the Lord’s name without proper respect; calling Our Lord’s Church “the whore of Babylon”; and casually “swearing to God” ect.
Moreover insulting the Mother Of God, The Blessed Virgin Mary, by way of either denying Her Immaculate Conception; perpetual Virginity; Divine maternity; sewing seeds of hatred toward Her; and desecrating Her images; are instances of blasphemy.
Images are perfectly acceptable when used as a means to direct one’s heart toward Heaven, and to help emulate and venerate the example and holiness of life set for us by Christ Himself; His Blessed Mother; and the Saints. An image becomes an idol when you believe that the image itself possesses divine powers and takes the place of God.
The command against graven images is part of the first Commandment, not the second. The Protestants made it the second Commandment by itself to condemn Catholics. The original Commandments did not have numbering. The Orthodox number the Commandments same as we do.
That said…what does the Scripture say? “You shall not make for yourself a graven image…you shall not bow down to them or serve them. You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.” (Ex 20:5; Deut 5:6-9)
The first commandment is to worship and serve the Lord God alone. If you want details on how this works and how we can keep this commandment, read the Catechism starting at 2083-2141. If you don’t have a copy of the Catechism (and every Catholic should) you can find that section online vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/__P7A.HTM
The Second Commandment, in the Catholic Decalogue is to not take the Lord’s Name in vain. The previous poster elaborated on that.
Before we go any further I have to warn you Steve, Catholics and Protestants number the commandments differently. So in our version (and the Lutheran version) teachings that the “no images” commandment is first.
Okay, now getting back on track. Not all images are idols. See these Bible verses for more details ; , God commands "the ark of covenant be decorated with images of golden angels on top. (Ex 25:18-22, 26:1,31) And He old told the Israelites to make the Bronze Serpent (Num 21:8-9). And Solomon’s temple was full of images (1 Kings 6:23-29, 35, 7:29).
God bless :byzsoc:
Do you have family photos on your walls at home / office? Do you carry “images” in your wallet? Do you have anything hanging from your mirror in your car? Most people have all these things. Do you bow down before them and pray to them and expect those items, in and of themselves, to ‘help’ you, give you what you want, or answer you in some way? Very likely not, as they are simply objects and can do nothing other than to remind you of the those people or memories you experience in life. No activity emanates from them. They have no power. They cannot move or feel. They are merely materials made of plastic, paper, wood, metal, whatever, but they are nothing other than man-made objects. That said, crosses, crucifixes, statues, are put in place simply to remind a person to raise their mind and heart to God. Jesus on the cross reminds us of what He did for us, of how very terrible His suffering was. Statues of the saints remind us of the example they set, the life they lived for God. Putting flowers in a vase on the table doesn’t mean you are worshiping the flowers, you put them there because you enjoy them, not because you expect them to bestow a favor on you. Having “images” in your possession is not disobeying a Commandment. Having images in your possession that you perform a ceremony around, expecting them to personally respond to you like an oracle, is idol worship.
I love this quote from Pope Benedict XVI from when he was a Cardinal… I saw it quoted in the book ‘The face of God’, by Paul Bade.
"What was and is new about biblical religion is the fact that …‘God’, of whom there can be no images, nevertheless has a face and a name and is a person. And salvation consists, not in being immersed in namelessness, but rather in the ‘satisfaction of seeing his face’ that will be granted to us when we awaken’.
See if this helps any. Iconoclasm: Or: Catholics Worship Graven Images NOT